Apple M1 vs Apple A14 Bionic

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Apple M1 CPU1 vs CPU2 Apple A14 Bionic
Apple M1 Apple A14 Bionic

CPU comparison

In this CPU comparison, we compare the Apple M1 and the Apple A14 Bionic and use benchmarks to check which processor is faster.

We compare the Apple M1 8 core processor released in Q4/2020 with the Apple A14 Bionic which has 6 CPU cores and was introduced in Q3/2020.
Apple M series (23) Family Apple A series (22)
Apple M1 (9) CPU group Apple A14 (1)
1 Generation 14
M1 Architecture A14 (Firestorm/Icestorm)
Mobile Segment Mobile
-- Predecessor Apple A13 Bionic
Apple M2 Successor Apple A15 Bionic (5-GPU)

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

The Apple M1 is a 8 core processor with a clock frequency of 0.60 GHz (3.20 GHz). The processor can compute 8 threads at the same time. The Apple A14 Bionic clocks with 3.00 GHz, has 6 CPU cores and can calculate 6 threads in parallel.

Apple M1 Characteristic Apple A14 Bionic
8 Cores 6
8 Threads 6
hybrid (big.LITTLE) Core architecture hybrid (big.LITTLE)
No Hyperthreading No
No Overclocking ? No
0.60 GHz (3.20 GHz)
4x Firestorm
A-Core 3.00 GHz
2x Firestorm
0.60 GHz (2.06 GHz)
4x Icestorm
B-Core 1.82 GHz
4x Icestorm

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Processors with the support of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can process many calculations, especially audio, image and video processing, much faster than classic processors. Algorithms for ML improve their performance the more data they have collected via software. ML tasks can be processed up to 10,000 times faster than with a classic processor.

Apple M1 Characteristic Apple A14 Bionic
Apple Neural Engine AI hardware Apple Neural Engine
16 Neural cores @ 11 TOPS AI specifications 16 Neural cores @ 11 TOPS

Internal Graphics

Graphics (iGPU) integrated into the processor not only enable image output without having to rely on a dedicated graphics solution, but can also efficiently accelerate video playback.

Apple M1 (8 Core) GPU Apple A14
0.39 GHz GPU frequency 1.46 GHz
1.30 GHz GPU (Turbo) --
1 GPU Generation 11
5 nm Technology 5 nm
2 Max. displays 3
128 Compute units 16
1024 Shader 256
No Hardware Raytracing No
No Frame Generation No
8 GB Max. GPU Memory 6 GB
-- DirectX Version --

Hardware codec support

A photo or video codec that is accelerated in hardware can greatly accelerate the working speed of a processor and extend the battery life of notebooks or smartphones when playing videos.

Apple M1 (8 Core) GPU Apple A14
Decode / Encode Codec h265 / HEVC (8 bit) Decode / Encode
Decode / Encode Codec h265 / HEVC (10 bit) Decode / Encode
Decode / Encode Codec h264 Decode / Encode
Decode / Encode Codec VP9 Decode / Encode
Decode Codec VP8 Decode / Encode
No Codec AV1 No
Decode Codec AVC Decode
Decode Codec VC-1 Decode
Decode / Encode Codec JPEG Decode / Encode

Memory & PCIe

Up to 16 GB of memory in a maximum of 2 memory channels is supported by the Apple M1, while the Apple A14 Bionic supports a maximum of 6 GB of memory with a maximum memory bandwidth of 34.1 GB/s enabled.

Apple M1 Characteristic Apple A14 Bionic
LPDDR4X-4266 Memory LPDDR4X-4266
16 GB Max. Memory 6 GB
2 (Dual Channel) Memory channels 1 (Single Channel)
68.2 GB/s Max. Bandwidth 34.1 GB/s
No ECC No
16.00 MB L2 Cache 12.00 MB
-- L3 Cache 16.00 MB
4.0 PCIe version --
-- PCIe lanes --
-- PCIe Bandwidth --

Thermal Management

The Apple M1 has a TDP of 18 W. The TDP of the Apple A14 Bionic is 7.25 W. System integrators use the TDP of the processor as a guide when dimensioning the cooling solution.

Apple M1 Characteristic Apple A14 Bionic
18 W TDP (PL1 / PBP) 7.25 W
-- TDP (PL2) --
20 W TDP up --
10 W TDP down --
-- Tjunction max. --

Technical details

The Apple M1 has 16.00 MB cache and is manufactured in 5 nm. The cache of Apple A14 Bionic is at 28.00 MB. The processor is manufactured in 5 nm.

Apple M1 Characteristic Apple A14 Bionic
5 nm Technology 5 nm
Chiplet Chip design Chiplet
Armv8.5-A (64 bit) Instruction set (ISA) Armv8-A (64 bit)
Rosetta 2 x86-Emulation ISA extensions --
-- Socket --
Apple Virtualization Framework Virtualization None
Yes AES-NI No
macOS Operating systems iOS
Q4/2020 Release date Q3/2020
-- Release price --
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Average performance in benchmarks

⌀ Single core performance in 2 CPU benchmarks
Apple M1 (100%)
Apple A14 Bionic (89%)
⌀ Multi core performance in 3 CPU benchmarks
Apple M1 (100%)
Apple A14 Bionic (57%)

Geekbench 5, 64bit (Single-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
Apple M1 Apple M1
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
1742 (100%)
Apple A14 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic
6C 6T @ 3.00 GHz
1590 (91%)

Geekbench 5, 64bit (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
Apple M1 Apple M1
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
7650 (100%)
Apple A14 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic
6C 6T @ 3.00 GHz
4247 (56%)

Geekbench 6 (Single-Core)

Geekbench 6 is a benchmark for modern computers, notebooks and smartphones. What is new is an optimized utilization of newer CPU architectures, e.g. based on the big.LITTLE concept and combining CPU cores of different sizes. The single-core benchmark only evaluates the performance of the fastest CPU core, the number of CPU cores in a processor is irrelevant here.
Apple M1 Apple M1
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
2369 (100%)
Apple A14 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic
6C 6T @ 3.00 GHz
2072 (87%)

Geekbench 6 (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 6 is a benchmark for modern computers, notebooks and smartphones. What is new is an optimized utilization of newer CPU architectures, e.g. based on the big.LITTLE concept and combining CPU cores of different sizes. The multi-core benchmark evaluates the performance of all of the processor's CPU cores. Virtual thread improvements such as AMD SMT or Intel's Hyper-Threading have a positive impact on the benchmark result.
Apple M1 Apple M1
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
8576 (100%)
Apple A14 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic
6C 6T @ 3.00 GHz
4689 (55%)

iGPU - FP32 Performance (Single-precision GFLOPS)

The theoretical computing performance of the internal graphics unit of the processor with simple accuracy (32 bit) in GFLOPS. GFLOPS indicates how many billion floating point operations the iGPU can perform per second.
Apple M1 Apple M1
Apple M1 (8 Core) @ 1.30 GHz
2610 (100%)
Apple A14 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic
Apple A14 @ 1.46 GHz
749 (29%)

Estimated results for PassMark CPU Mark

Some of the CPUs listed below have been benchmarked by CPU-monkey. However the majority of CPUs have not been tested and the results have been estimated by a CPU-monkey’s secret proprietary formula. As such they do not accurately reflect the actual Passmark CPU mark values and are not endorsed by PassMark Software Pty Ltd.
Apple M1 Apple M1
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
14463 (100%)
Apple A14 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic
6C 6T @ 3.00 GHz
8514 (59%)

Performance for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML)

Processors with the support of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can process many calculations, especially audio, image and video processing, much faster than classic processors. The performance is given in the number (trillions) of arithmetic operations per second (TOPS).
Apple M1 Apple M1
8C 8T @ 0.60 GHz
11 (100%)
Apple A14 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic
6C 6T @ 3.00 GHz
11 (100%)

Cinebench 2024 (Single-Core)

The Cinebench 2024 benchmark is based on the Redshift rendering engine, which is also used in Maxon's 3D program Cinema 4D. The benchmark runs are each 10 minutes long to test whether the processor is limited by its heat generation.
Apple M1 Apple M1
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
112 (100%)
Apple A14 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic
6C 6T @ 3.00 GHz
0 (0%)

Cinebench 2024 (Multi-Core)

The Multi-Core test of the Cinebench 2024 benchmark uses all cpu cores to render using the Redshift rendering engine, which is also used in Maxons Cinema 4D. The benchmark run is 10 minutes long to test whether the processor is limited by its heat generation.
Apple M1 Apple M1
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
509 (100%)
Apple A14 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic
6C 6T @ 3.00 GHz
0 (0%)

Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R23 is the successor of Cinebench R20 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
Apple M1 Apple M1
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
1503 (100%)
Apple A14 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic
6C 6T @ 3.00 GHz
0 (0%)

Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R23 is the successor of Cinebench R20 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
Apple M1 Apple M1
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
7759 (100%)
Apple A14 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic
6C 6T @ 3.00 GHz
0 (0%)

AnTuTu 9 Benchmark

The AnTuTu 9 benchmark is very well suited to measuring the performance of a smartphone. AnTuTu 9 is quite heavy on 3D graphics and can now also use the "Metal" graphics interface. In AnTuTu, memory and UX (user experience) are also tested by simulating browser and app usage. AnTuTu version 9 can compare any ARM CPU running on Android or iOS. Devices may not be directly comparable when benchmarked on different operating systems.

In the AnTuTu 9 benchmark, the single-core performance of a processor is only slightly weighted. The rating is made up of the multi-core performance of the processor, the speed of the working memory, and the performance of the internal graphics.
Apple M1 Apple M1
8C 8T @ 0.60 GHz
0 (0%)
Apple A14 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic
6C 6T @ 3.00 GHz
729968 (100%)

AnTuTu 8 Benchmark

The AnTuTu 8 Benchmark measures the performance of a SoC. AnTuTu benchmarks the CPU, GPU, Memory as well as the UX (User Experience) by simulating browser and app usage. AnTuTu can benchmark any ARM CPU that runs under Android or iOS. Devices may not be directly compareable if the benchmark has been performed under different operating systems.

In the AnTuTu 8 benchmark, the single-core performance of a processor is only slightly weighted. The evaluation consists of the multi-core performance of the processor, the speed of the RAM and the performance of the internal graphics.
Apple M1 Apple M1
8C 8T @ 0.60 GHz
0 (0%)
Apple A14 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic
6C 6T @ 3.00 GHz
628047 (100%)

Blender 3.1 Benchmark

In the Blender Benchmark 3.1, the scenes "monster", "junkshop" and "classroom" are rendered and the time required by the system is measured. In our benchmark we test the CPU and not the graphics card. Blender 3.1 was presented as a standalone version in March 2022.
Apple M1 Apple M1
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
117 (100%)
Apple A14 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic
6C 6T @ 3.00 GHz
0 (0%)

Blender 2.81 (bmw27)

Blender is a free 3D graphics software for rendering (creating) 3D bodies, which can also be textured and animated in the software. The Blender benchmark creates predefined scenes and measures the time (s) required for the entire scene. The shorter the time required, the better. We selected bmw27 as the benchmark scene.
Apple M1 Apple M1
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
314 (100%)
Apple A14 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic
6C 6T @ 3.00 GHz
0 (0%)

CPU performance per watt (efficiency)

Efficiency of the processor under full load in the Cinebench R23 (multi-core) benchmark. The benchmark result is divided by the average energy required (CPU package power in watts). The higher the value, the more efficient the CPU is under full load.
Apple M1 Apple M1
7,759 CB R23 MC @ 18 W
431 (100%)
Apple A14 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic
3.00 GHz
0 (0%)

Devices using this processor

Apple M1 Apple A14 Bionic
Apple iMac 24 (2021)
Apple MacBook Pro 13 (L2020)
Apple MacBook Air (2020)
Apple Mac mini (2020)
Apple iPad Pro 11 (2021)
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2021)
Apple iPad Air (2022)
Apple iPhone 12 mini
Apple iPhone 12
Apple iPhone 12 Pro
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple iPad Air (4. Gen)

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Comparison of the two processors

Apple M1 against Apple A14 Bionic is a duel of the arm processors from Apple. The two processors have come out in the same year. But the purpose is a completely different from both.
Already in recent years, the high performance of ARM processors was evident. For some time you can already serve the everyday tasks easily.
In the in-house Apple world, the self-made processors then play their full strength and let the competitors not really look old.

The Apple M1 is the first in-house arm processor for use in mobile devices like notebooks. Due to the enormous performance, however, Apple also uses in desktop solutions such as Mac Mini.

The Apple M1 has a maximum clock of 3.2 GHz and has 8 cores. It is manufactured in 5nm and provides support for up to 16 GB LPDDR4x-4266 memory.
Its great strength is undoubtedly the integrated graphics solution. Using this, the Apple M1 is possible to easily accomplish complex arithmetic operations.

The Apple A14 Bionic is the conceptioned counterpart for the Apple M1 for the exclusively mobile use.
Like the M1, the A14 is also manufactured in 5nm and supports the same amount of memory. With 6W TDP (PL1) the power consumption but only almost half (the M1 has indicated 15W).
This also shows itself in performance should not be surprising on the basis of these clear differences.

The benchmark results clearly show the strength of the Apple M1 opposite its mobile brother to Apple A14 Bionic.
While the results are close to each other in the Geekbench 5 in the singel-core (M1 1,744 vs. A14 1.592), they can hardly be different in the multi-core test.
Here, the M1 beats the A14 significantly by almost 50% (M1 7,676 vs. A14 4.112).

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